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24
APR
2017
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Sustaining Your Systems

                 I just can’t find a system that works. I try something and it works for a few weeks, and then I just stop using it. People tell me this all the time. Often, it’s the reason they call me. So what I’m about to...
10
JAN
2017
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Just Clean Up after Yourself

Life is so much easier when you clean up after yourself. In the past, I’ve cautioned about the 2-minute rule, which states that if you can do something in 2 minutes, to just go ahead and do it. There are times when this is not a good plan. Here’s that blog post, if...
14
NOV
2016
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Simplify Sorting with the Two-Category Method

Sorting is a very strenuous activity for our brains. The two-category method can be ideal to make the job easier. Like the name suggests, the key is to limit yourself to only two categories. Here are some examples: discard or keep donate or recycle paper or everything else junk...
31
MAR
2016

The Effects of Clutter

I was asked the simple question, “What is clutter?” and I had difficulty finding the words. It’s a huge concept in my brain, but I couldn’t articulate it with words. There are dictionary definitions that use words like “untidy,”...
14
MAR
2016

What Does Marie Kondo Know?

Marie Kondo’s best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, has been quite the phenomenon. Here were my quick take-aways: Many of the concepts are not new, but she uses language that sounds enchanting and fresh....
08
JUN
2014
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Labels Spare Our Brains for the Hard Stuff

I’ve written in the past about how important labels are. They help us figure out what we’re looking at and where to put things, so that we don’t have to think too much. Recently, I had an “aha” moment about another way that we use labels. We...
03
JAN
2014

Can You Use a Body Double?

I came across this article describing the use of body doubles. No, a body double isn’t someone to stand in for you when you have your picture taken, at least not in this context. A body double is a person who stays present with you while you do tasks that you know how to...
02
JAN
2014
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Love Labels!

The stereotype of the organizer with a label maker in her holster isn’t too far from the truth. Labels make such a huge difference. Reading one or two words on the outside of a container helps our brains to figure out exactly what’s inside, even if the contents are...
31
DEC
2013

Managing the Mail

Managing the mail (and all the other paper that regularly enters your home) doesn’t have to a dreaded chore. A mail management center gives you places to stash those papers so they don’t have to clutter up your kitchen counter or get lost behind the sofa. I recommend...
28
DEC
2013

The “P” in S-P-A-C-E

Many organizers follow the same basic process, but Julie Morgenstern articulates it brilliantly in her classic book, Organizing from the Inside Out. When I get overwhelmed or stuck, I still fall back on Julie’s S-P-A-C-E formula:  Sort, Purge, Assign a Home, Containerize,...